Singapore Premier League • September 14, 2014

Pejic’s Loving It In Singapore


Written by: Phoon Jia Hui

According to Miroslav Pejic, signing for Great Eastern Yeo’s S.League outfit Warriors FC has been one of the best decisions he made so far in his football career.

The Croatian, who was once on the rosters of Israeli side Hapoel Ramat Gan, was snapped up by the eight-time league champions at the beginning of the season and he has wasted no time in announcing his arrival to the league.

Striking a telepathic partnership with fellow new signing Nicholas Velez upfront, Pejic is currently the club’s second top-scorer with ten goals to his name and he has shown the creative side of him by popping up with assists which have generally gone unnoticed.

Having been in Singapore for about nine months now, the winger-cum-forward shares that he is revelling in his role at the club.

“Everything has been okay, especially now that we are second in the table. There’s a good atmosphere in the team, but it’s not just that – we also have great team spirit from beginning of the season,” he said.

“It’s only been nine months here [but it’s] really good and positive [so far]. Like I said, this is one of the biggest clubs in the S.League. [In fact,] not one of the biggest but it’s the biggest club in the S.League.

“You can feel every time you come to this club how everything is big here and we have a great team.”

Adding that the 2-0 win over Tampines Rovers in their last game was his favourite memory of his stay in Singapore so far, Pejic however admits he can still improve on his game.

“Definitely I think I can do better,” he said.

“Yes I have ten goals and more than ten assists, but I have a feeling I can do better. Now we have these last five games, I will do my best to have even more goals and assists.

“But of course, I will do everything to try win and this is more important for the team. Like I said, I didn’t play last game against Tampines but really maybe this was the happiest win till now and what’s most important is that the team wins.”

“It was a good feeling after that [Tampines] game when we won and it still is when you remember that, it’s really good.”

Warriors currently sit second in the league standings, five points behind league leaders Brunei DPMM, but Pejic believes they can still win the league championship come end of the season.

“Definitely, because we proved we can beat against DPMM, the leaders. That was a really good game to see that we are capable to go in front of them,” he pointed out.

“We will give 100% all the time, especially against harder teams we play extremely well so I really believe we can win the league. We are hoping we can win this league and we will take a game at a time.”

Finally, while he is still enjoying his football on the sunny island, Pejic is keeping his options open.

“I’m planning to stay [in Singapore] but if you get some opportunities to play at a higher level, you’ll think about it,” he said matter-of-factly.

“But I have already told people in the club, I really like this atmosphere in here and I would not leave Singapore that easily. For now I’m just enjoying and I don’t want to think about it too much.”